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Myth Buster Questions

Some answers to those playground myths

(from ‘A Guide to Secondary Education in Barnet 2021’)

 

Myth

My child has a right to a place at one of my choices

 

Fact

The schools listed on your application are preferences. We will offer your child the highest preference possible but if your child does not qualify for a place at any of your preferred schools, we will allocate a place at the nearest school with a vacancy.

 

Myth

It does not matter if my application is late

 

Fact

Applications submitted after 31 October will not be processed until after all those submitted on time and it is very unlikely that your child will be offered one of your preferred schools.

 

Myth

Listing one school will give me a better chance of getting that school

 

Fact

If you list only one school and your child does not qualify for a place under the school’s admissions criteria, we will offer a place at the nearest school with a vacancy.

 

yth

I can only apply for Barnet schools

 

Fact

You can apply for both Barnet and out of borough schools by listing them on the Barnet application form.

 

Myth

Children in my road go to the school so my child will too

 

Fact

The number of children offered under each criterion at each school can change every year so just because you know children living near you go to a certain school, this does not mean that your child will be offered a place there.

 

Myth

If I apply to a school in another borough, their residents will have priority over my child

 

Fact

An admissions authority cannot give priority to its own residents and published admissions criteria cannot include the borough of residence.

 

Myth

I have an older child already at the school so my other child will automatically get a place

 

Fact

Everyone must apply for a school place even if there is an older child at the school. Many schools give priority to siblings but this does not guarantee a place if there are other children who qualify under a higher criterion.

 

Myth

Listing the same school six times will improve my chances of being offered a place

 

Fact

Your child can only be considered once for a school so any duplicated preferences will be deleted.

 

Myth

I live nearer to the school than the last child offered under the distance criterion last year so my child is guaranteed a place

 

Fact

Although the information we have provided regarding distances to which offers have been made in previous years, can give you an idea of how likely it is that your child will be offered a place at your preferred school, the furthest distance offered will change every year. We cannot guarantee that any child will be offered a place at any school.